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March 10 Lecture at Rochester Museum & Science Center on Ranavirus Threatening Amphibians, Fish and Reptiles

    ROCHESTER, NY—Attendees to a new Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lecture at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) get a robust experience—science lecture and exhibit exploration in one night. The lecture’s topic, “How Ranavirus Diseases are a Threat to our World’s Biodiversity,” relates directly to a frog on display in the Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibition, which the attendees are encouraged to visit. The lecture takes place at 7pm on March 10 in the same space where the exhibition is located—RMSC Riedman Gallery. Doors reopen at 5:30pm for visitors to explore the Museum.

    At the lecture, guests discover how ranavirus, which causes devastating infections in amphibians, fish and reptiles, has become a threat for global biodiversity. The African Clawed frog, one of the 16 species in the Frogs exhibition, is used to better understand how ranavirus has evolved. The expert speaker is Jacques Robert, a Ph. D. professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester. A reception takes place after the presentation where visitors enjoy snacks and beverages, meet the presenter and explore the Museum.

    Science on the Edge lectures have provided insight and understanding about current research in a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community and appeals to a broad audience. The relaxed atmosphere allows adult learners to comfortably expand their knowledge as well as have a unique after-hours opportunity to explore the Museum’s three floors filled with 200 hands-on exhibits.

    Ticket prices: Adult RMSC Member: $8; Adult General Public: $10.

    Student* RMSC Member: $5; Student* General Public: $6. *Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID. To register, call 585.697.1942. Check periodically for details on other upcoming lectures.

    For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Amanda Bayer, Communications Specialist, RMSC at 585.697.1962 or

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.